Intel’s image enhancements can now be tested on the latest NVIDIA and AMD GPUs
Announcing the release of the Intel Arc A770, the highest-end Alchemist first-generation GPU, now available Shadow of the Tomb Raider gets Intel XeSS, Intel’s Image Upscaling featureAMD FSR and NVIDIA DLSS competitor.
Square Enix’s game update log says it has added XeSS support on compatible DX 12 systems. As an open technology like AMD’s solution, Intel’s image enhancement is available for anyone with compatible graphics cards to test.
To get a quick feedback, I did a (shallow) test on my computer: AMD Ryzen 5 2600X, GeForce RTX 2060, 16GB and SSD. The game’s main benchmark results don’t show much difference in frames per second.
I ran the tests with Shadow of the Tomb Raider set to high, shadows with ray tracing also set to high, using DLSS and XeSS in both performance and quality modes, at 1080p. I didn’t do exhaustive tests to get the average, I just opened the game, configured and ran each upscaling mode once.
As you can see, there was not much difference in the average frames, because 3 FPS is practically a technical tie. I didn’t notice huge visual variations between NVIDIA DLSS and Intel XeSS modes.
But, unlike DLSS, Intel XeSS has an ultra-quality mode that theoretically gives the highest visual results. This mode, in my quick test, produced the same results as the quality mode.
Intel has already assured that more games will get the image boost in the future, such as Brazilian Dolmen and Hitman 3.
Games that will accept Intel XeSS
- Ghostwire Tokyo
- Blood Hunt
- Ghostbusters: Spirits Unleashed
- Naraka Blade Point
- Super people
- Knights of Gotham
- Diofield’s Chronicle
- Chivalry 2
- Edit 2
- Death Stranding Director’s Cut
- The Rift Breaker
- Killer 3
- Anvil Vault Breakers
- Legends of the grid
As for Intel’s already dramatic romance with GPUs, the Arc A770 has finally won a release date and price, and will join the Arc A380 from October 12, priced at $329.
The tests show Intel XeSS at resolutions between DLSS 2.0 and AMD FSR 2.0 in various modes.
Digital Foundry analyzed the feature with the Arc A770